As the title suggests, I'm looking at developing a series of short stories (as to help brush up my writing chops) to explores the various stages of a certain emotion. It's one thing to tell a tale, it's another to immerse the reader into the emotional state of the protagonist of the story. I'm looking to do that. My overall aim is to start with the story arcs that are cyclical in nature in that they take the reader there on the journey. For example, in the first story, it would start out with the theme of HOPE, to LOSS, to SELF-LOATHING (inward hatred), to HATRED (outward). The next story would continue from that arc, exploring further emotions that would ultimately have the reader back (upon the final story) to that of HOPE. Sorry for the rambling, it's sometimes hard to take the madness of a million words in your skull, each banging for release and you can only type so fast and it often leads to things being lost in translation along the way.